Craft cocktail boom spreads to Foothills and Tahoe-Truckee

THE NEW-YORK BASED TELEVISION SHOW Sex and the City helped put craft cocktails on the map in the ’90s when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, regularly ordered “Cosmos” with her girlfriends.
“The idea that it’s not a date without cocktails was created by Sex and the City,” as Dale DeGroff, America’s foremost mixologist and a [...]

Craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee:
KANE’S
The martini menu with 16 choices. “The Perfect Ten Martini” is Tangueray #10 gin and dry vermouth, shaken and garnished with three olives. “Classic Cosmo-tini” is made with Ketel One Vodka, all-natural triple sec, cran- berry juice and [...]

Epic burgers in the Sierra Foothills

When it comes to burgers, In-N-Out Burger in the West and Shake Shack on the East Coast have cult-like followings. But our local restaurants create some epic burgers, made with organic and local ingredients. Some examples:
CHRISTINA’S AMERICAN BISTRO
The flame-broiled Kobe-style bistro burger features Wagu Kobe-style beef and caramelized shallots, topped with cheddar and onion strings [...]

Monkey Cat: Fine dining in Auburn

OUR AREA IS HOME to some of the most experienced and enthusiastic restaurateurs. For the past 11 years, Jim Bril and his wife, Trish, have owned the popular Monkey Cat restaurant in downtown Auburn. Jim also has partnered with Gary Capps, a longtime local, to open Tre Pazzi, an authentic Italian trattoria in Auburn.
“I started [...]

Destination dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

GREAT FOOD IS A PART OF EVERY adventure. In our region, imaginative chefs and restaurateurs are invigorating the dining scene, and a growing number are winning rave reviews—from the James Beard Foundation, OpenTable, respected restaurant critics and food magazines.
Farm-to-fork restaurants are a way of life in the foothills, not a fad, thanks to an abundance [...]

A New Generation of Sandwiches

AMERICANS EAT AN ESTIMATED 300 million sandwiches every day—on average, about one a day for every person. The Quintessential Grilled Cheese sandwich at Serendipity 3 in New York goes for—get this—$214. It starts off with bread buttered with a white truffle spread. Inside are layers of rare Caciocavallo Podolico cheese with lobster. In Alaska, Zagat [...]

2015 food, drink, home and garden trends on Pinterest

The Pinterest 100 predicts lifestyle trends for the new year, based on popular “pins:”
CAULIFLOWER IS THE NEW KALE IN FOOD & DRINK
Where to find it:
Foothill Farmers Market, Placer Co.
FoothillFarmersMarket.com
BriarPatch Co-op, GV
BriarPatch.coop
Tahoe Central Market, Lake Tahoe
TahoeCentralMarket.com
West Shore Café, Lake Tahoe
WestShoreCafe.com
WOODWORKING IS HAVING A MOMENT IN DIY
Don Augstein, Art Works Gallery GV
IndigoWoodandMetal.com
Tom Beebe, Artistry in Wood Truckee
TruckeeWoodworking.com
GROWING [...]

Best Al Fresco dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

HERE ARE SOME ENJOYABLE OUTDOOR DINING spots in our region:

DIEGOS
Diegos has a charming outdoor patio, featuring original tile work, a trellis and colorful plantings. The eclectic surroundings are redolent of a neighborhood Latin America café, with food ranging from lomito sandwiches (roast, shredded pork) to fish tacos. 217 Colfax Ave., GV. DiegosRestaurant.com
IKE’S QUARTER CAFE
Ike’s tree-covered [...]

Real Food on I-80

TRAVELERS ALONG I-80 NEEDN’T SETTLE FOR fast food on their way to the Sierra and back. Some of the region’s best eateries are just off the highway.
CAFÉ ZORRO
This restaurant, just off I-80 at Loomis, is a longtime local favorite and worth a stop. Its menu features seasonal fare such as fish, chicken, meat, salads and [...]

Craft Cocktails: Martinis & more for holiday cheer

THE MARTINI’S ORIGINS CAN BE TRACED back to a miner who struck gold in California during the Gold Rush, at least according to one popular theory.
During the days of the Gold Rush, a miner struck it rich and walked into a bar—in Martinez—for a special drink to celebrate.
The bartender put together what he had on [...]

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